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Casey, Illinois has piqued our interest. It isn't because it is a huge town. It isn't because it has the most dog-friendly things to do. It has sparked our interest because it has taken its fate into its own hands. Casey has an important history. Thanks to its oil fields, Casey is a boomtown. Unlike many other rail towns that popped up along the railroad in the 19th century, the railroad was established in Casey because of its prosperous oil industry. The oil fields are so important to the town that they inspired the design on the yearbooks of the local high school.
While Casey doesn't have any dog parks, it does have lots of things that you can do with your dog. In fact, if you have a leash and a great pair of walking shoes, you are going to have a pawtastic day here! The city has an entire collection of World's Largest items. The great thing about these is that they are all within walking distance of each other and have their own story. We will show you where to find them, but you if you are looking for a more adventurous activity, you can head over to the Fairpark Campground. There, you will find a dog-friendly beach, walking trails, and many fishing opportunities!
Casey is home to the World's Largest Golf Tee. This can be found at the Casey Country Club. This golf tee is a little over 30 feet high. You can check in at the front desk and the staff will show you where to go to get the best pic of it. While you are here, grab lunch! The country club has a pet-friendly patio at the cafe. You don't have to join the country club to visit. You and your dog can walk the grounds, but dogs aren't allowed inside any buildings. Don't forget that you have to clean up after your dog and leashes are required.
About a mile from the Golf Tee, you will find the World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook located right outside The Yarn Studio. The coolest part about these nifty needles is that they're functional! They were used to make a large tension square as a show for the local elementary students. "I want the children to see that they can set a goal and pursue a dream," said Jeanette Huisinga, owner of The Yarn Studio. The needles have even been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records! You and your dog can make this part of your tour of the city as you are on your way to the next stop. Just remember the leash.
Forty-nine feet off the ground. Fifty-five feet high.The longest pipe is forty-two inches. The pipes are a tribute to the pipeline industry. What on earth are we talking about? The World's Largest Wind Pipes, of course! They are surrounded by a beautiful garden that is enclosed in a fence. You and your dog are more than welcome to visit and snap some photos. You will definitely want this to be on your walking tour of the town. The best part is that the pipes even work! The rich sound can be heard for miles, although the wind is hardly ever strong enough to make them ring.
Although the rail lines don't run through here anymore, they shouldn't be forgotten. So what did Casey do to commemorate them? Well, since Casey has a knack for making the World's Largest Things, you can probably guess! The town took all the unused railroad tracks and old telephone poles and made them into a rocking chair! It is over thirty-two feet high. This is right down from the knitting needles exhibit. You can even sit on the chair! Please remember that your dog has to be well-behaved and on a leash. Don't forget your doggy waste bags as well. This is one of the most popular places in town, so be prepared for a crowd.
As you wrap up your tour of the World's Largest Things, you will be hungry, so let's end it with a great place to eat! While in town, you will see that there are other World's Largest items, but if they aren't pet-friendly, they can't be on our tour. The Whitling Whimsy Cafe is the perfect way to end your visit on a happy note. After a full day of walking and sightseeing, their light menu really hits the spot. From wraps and sandwiches to iced tea and lemonade, you'll find whatever you're craving here. All outdoor seating is pet-friendly and shaded.
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